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  • Sensory deprivation.
    16th November 2020 Penha d’Aguia, Portugal – Alouctim, Portugal Sensory deprivation, scary monster size bugs, sensory overload, officialdom. These are not the subjects of a dystopian novel or the subjects of a horror movie. They’re exactly what we’ve experienced as we ventured far inland into the back and beyond and then into foreboding official ‘systems’….
  • Stickiness.
    12th November 2020 Villa Real de Santo Antonio, Portugal – Penha d’Aguia, Portugal, via Foz de Odeleite, Portugal & Alouctim, Portugal Some things are sticky. There is Sticky the stick insect who was found on a stick in the stickiest of situations, poor old Sticky’s stickiness however was nothing compared to the Guadiana glue, the…
  • The 7 P’s.
    6th November 2020 Alcoutim, Spain – Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Spain The start to every successful activity is planning. In the world of work we have lived by the 7 P’s. ‘Proper Planning and Prep Prevents P*ss Poor Performance’, and typically they’ve held us in good stead. There is no difference in the world…
  • Community Care.
    1st November 2020 Sanlucar de Guadiana, Spain – Alcoutim, Portugal In a Nomadic lifestyle you’d think that it would be difficult to join a community. Communities are usually focussed around a geographic location with those who a fixed there, the leaders of the community. Ruffian is never fixed and being part of a community of…
  • Time is an abstract concept.
    25th October 2020 Ilha Da Culatra, Olhão, Portugal – Sanlucar de Guadiana, Spain via Ayamonte. Spain Sailing around on a yacht life should be low stress, time should be an abstract concept to be ignored and freedom should be the essence of life. For once however life on Ruffian has been full of stress, we…
  • The nationality of anchoring.
    21st October 2020 Ilha Da Culatra, Olhão, Portugal Based upon our recent experience in Isla Da Culatra different nationalities prepare for storms in quite different ways. Germans tend to carefully lay out their anchor and chain a respectable distance from other boats and in the right depth of water to give themselves the best ride….
  • The worst nightmare: Fire.
    15th October 2020 Portimão, Portugal – Ilha Da Culatra, Portugal Some things on boats are scary. Some things on boats are dangerous. Some things on boats are so gut wrenchingly terrifying they turn you cold with sweat are the things of pure nightmares, and no matter how much training you have you’ll never be ready…
  • By Sea By Land.
    11th October 2020 Portimão, Portugal The Royal Navy is proud that it can see the world by water. The Royal Marines on the other hand live by their motto ‘By Sea By Land’. We often think of the Royal Navy as we tour coastlines and explore sights and sounds we couldn’t dream off. Since arriving…
  • Goodbyes and hellos.
    4th October 2020 Sagres, Portugal – Portimão, Portugal via Lagos, Portugal The town of Lagos comes in many forms. There is the town in Nigeria which is full of colour and vibrancy; there is one in Chile that is surrounded by high hills that look down onto deep fjords; there is another, east of Jakarta…
  • Never judge a book by its cover.
    29th September 2020 Sesimbra, Portugal – Sagres, Portugal via Sines, Portugal Appearances can be deceptive. Some anchorages can be a hidden delight behind a facade of industry, while others which on paper, look perfect in every way can turn out to have a bite much worse than their bark. Sometimes the forecast looks perfect and…